posted on Feb, 16 2016 @ 02:46 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
What are the odds that they simply imply behind closed doors that Boeing has another big contract award looming over the horizon to end the
controversy here and now.
As F-XX and the F/A-XX grow farther apart, it's looking more and more likely that they will be separate aircraft/competitions, even if they share
Since things seem headed that way, I could see the DOD handling the projects the way they handled the F-14 and F-15, (the aircraft that these new
designs will be replacing anyways,) and awarding the different birds to separate contractors while skipping the fly-off.
With the state of their current fighter airwings, the USAF/USN need the 6th gens yesterday, and this strategy would potentially save years between RFP
and IOC, and it likely wouldn't hamper the quality of the aircraft themselves one bit (especially if the rumors of various 6th gen demonstrators
already flying are to be believed).
If that's the case, could the RCO already be in the beginning stages of a solo Lockheed/Boeing F-XX bid, with the plan being to give F/A-XX to
I'd imagine that would shut up any further LockBo LRS-B protests REEEAALL fast...
edit on 16-2-2016 by Barnalby because: (no reason